So about me …
Despite always having a passion for competitive sport starting from an early age, which included Boxing, Cycling and Weightlifting (winning a junior national championship in Olympic style weight lifting) as well as representing my schools in all aspects of sports and athletics including football, Rugby, middle and long distance running and X country, my professional career took a slightly different path, and shortly after leaving full time education, I joined Her Majesties Royal Navy where I was trained as a Marine Engineer Mechanic. Although this was my professional career I was still able to follow my passion for sport and fitness, plus become more involved in the science behind physical training and nutrition (I like to know how things work) ..this lead me to eventually focusing on the sport of boxing, allowing me to compete and represent the Royal Navy, winning several amateur boxing titles along the way.
It was during my time in HM forces I also found a new passion in sport and physical training and that was to help and coach others. It wasn’t long before I was being approached by colleagues, friends and family to help train and coach them in various aspects of fitness.
I left HM Royal Navy in 1998 after serving 11 years, and as well as becoming a devoted father I also entered in to the offshore Oil and Gas Industry specializing in risk assessment, system diagnostics, control, maintenance and repair of unmanned submersibles. Reaching the level of Offshore Superintendent over a 14 year career. Once again although this was my professional career I still managed to maintain my passion for fitness and training taking on various personal goals in endurance, strength training and power lifting .. despite working in one of the most hostile and toughest work environments both physically and mentally I was still able to always reach my fitness goals.
In 2005 I was fortunately given the opportunity to move to Dubai which I took and soon became involved in the ever growing fitness culture here. Once again I was able to start sharing my wealth of experience and knowledge in physical training and nutrition by helping friends and colleagues improve their fitness and lifestyles. I also began assisting in coaching boxing at local Mixed Martial Arts Club, taking on and preparing a local MMA fighter through his first two professional MMA fights in ADFC 2 & ADFC 3 ..which he won successfully. While doing this and maintaining my own fitness and strength goals I became involved in the local Mountain Bike scene which lead me to exploring the beauty and ruggedness of the UAE Landscape…re-establishing my love for once again being outdoors.
Finally in 2012 I decided I needed a new challenge to focus on ..something that would test my limits both physically and mentally, but also allow me to use and extend my knowledge of both endurance training and nutrition …and hopefully allow me to be a bit more competitive again ..which is when I found the sport of Ultra Trail Running and it wasn’t long before I became completely hooked. Discovering the trails and running really did allow me to explore both my physical and mental limits, learning more and more about myself and what my body could achieve …Since that day of discovery I have run over 10,000 kms of rugged mountain and desert trails in and around the UAE.
As always I wanted to share this new found passion and knowledge with others which lead me to founding my own Trail Running Group which has now expanded rapidly over the last three years.
I also began competing internationally in Ultra Endurance Races starting in 2012 with the Manaslu Mountain 220km semi self supported mountain race in Nepal where I was only one of 18 runners out of 42 to complete the full race course finishing in 6th place.
In 2013 I went on to the next toughest race I could find and that was the amazing Grand to Grand Ultra in Utah, a rugged and extremely challenging 6 stage, 7 day self supported race covering 273km from the Grand Canyon to the Grand Stair Case – finishing in 8th Place over all, 2nd in my age group.
Then 2014 I decided to try and really test my limits of endurance by taking on an enormous and brutal challenge of the Trans Omania, a 300km non stop self supported race across Oman. I decided against racing it and aimed for completion due to the fact it was my first single stage event and the event had a cut off time of 100hours … I completed it comfortably in 89 hrs.
On top of this I began competing in and supporting the local trail races, being develpoed and hosted by the amazing Urban Ultra Ladies Louise Adamson and Pascale De Jong …taking first place in a two day desert race “The Desert Stinker” and 3rd place in the UAE’s first mountain trail Ultra marathon “The Hajar 100 km” .
Along with these physical achievements and my life experiences gained in my Professional Career I have also continued my education with in this passion earning an a diploma in Sports Nutrition, IFPA Lifestyle and Fitness Coaching certification and am now currently working on obtaining my Endurance Running Coach Certifications… with the aim of helping others not only to a fitter healthier more active lifestyle ..but also to help them discover their full potential as well as explore their Limits with in their chosen sport.
So with Inspiring and helping people becoming a more true direction in my life this is what prompted me to start Lifestyle Fitness Management and what I now describe as a new chapter in my life. 🙂
Certified IFPA Lifestyle fitness Coach
UESCA – Endurance Running Coach
1987 – Junior National Champion in Amateur Weight Lifting (Olympic style weight lifting)
2012 – Manaslu Mountain race 220km 8 stage – 6th place
2013 – Grand to Grand Ultra 273km 6 stage self supported race – 8th place.
2014 – TransOmania 300km self supported non stop race – 89 hrs
2014 – Dubai Desert Stinker 2x 20km desert race – 1st place
2015 – Hajar 100km race – 3rd place
2016 – Hajar 100km race – 5th place
2017 – Hajar 100km race – 7th place